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Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a popular mode of transportation, and with good reason. They’re environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and offer a smooth and quiet ride. However, one of the challenges of owning an EV is finding a place to charge it. This is where installing an EV charging station at home comes in handy. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about installing an EV charging station, from the types of charging stations to the process of installation.

Types of EV Charging Stations

Before we dive into the installation process, let’s first discuss the types of EV charging stations available. There are three main types of charging stations: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

Level 1 Charging Station

Level 1 charging stations are the slowest and simplest type of charging station. They use a standard 120V electrical outlet (the same outlet that you plug your phone into) and can take 20+ hours to fully charge an EV battery. Level 1 charging stations are suitable for those who only use their EVs for short trips and don’t need to charge their vehicle often.

Level 2 Charging Station

Level 2 charging stations are the most popular type of charging station, offering a faster charging time than Level 1. They use a 240V electrical outlet and can charge an EV battery in 4 to 8 hours, depending on the battery’s capacity. Level 2 charging stations are suitable for those who use their EVs for longer trips and need to charge their vehicle more often. Most of the time level 2 chargers require a professional electrician to install.

Level 3 Charging Station

Level 3 charging stations, also known as DC fast charging stations, are the fastest type of charging station. They use a 480V electrical outlet and can charge an EV battery in just 30 minutes to an hour. Level 3 charging stations are suitable for those who frequently travel long distances and need to charge their vehicle quickly. These are typically only available through public charging networks.

The Installation Process

Installing an EV charging station can seem like a daunting task, but with the right installation partner such as Peak EV Solutions, it can be done relatively easily. Here are the steps to installing an EV charging station:

  1. Determine your charging needs.
  2. Choose a charging station type based on your charging needs.
  3. Obtain necessary permits and approvals.
  4. Hire a licensed electrician to install the charging station.
  5. Install the charging station according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Test the charging station to ensure it’s working properly.

Determine Your Charging Needs

The first step in installing an EV charging station is to determine your charging needs. Consider how often you’ll use the EV, how far you’ll be driving, and how long it will take you to charge the vehicle. This information will help you determine which type of charging station is best for you.

Choose a Charging Station Type

Based on your charging needs, choose a charging station type (Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3). Remember, Level 1 charging stations are suitable for short trips, and Level 2 charging stations are suitable for longer trips or more frequent driving.

Obtain Necessary Permits and Approvals

Before installing an EV charging station, you’ll need to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from your local government. This may include electrical permits, building permits, and zoning approvals. No need to fret, Peak will help you out with all of this!

Hire a Licensed Electrician

It’s important to hire a licensed electrician to install your EV charging station. At Peak, we have a licensed electrician on staff for all of your EV charger installation needs. .

To receive a free installation consultation, contact us at 720-828-3225 or info@PeakEVS.com. You can also schedule a call here.

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